Cabbage Thoran Kerala Style


I am just back from my trip of Wayanad, Northern Kerala. Wayanad is still a kind of virgin destination as compared to the other popular destinations in Kerala. During our stay in Wayanad we trekked to the pre- historic Edakkal Caves, explored many waterfalls like Soochipara waterfalls, Kanthanpara waterfalls. We enjoyed the speed boating in Banasura Sagar Dam with almost alpine vistas around. We also consumed numerous cups of Wayanad Coffee looking at the Coffee & tea estates of our Planet Green Resort with the majestic Chembra Peak in the background.

​We were well fed by the staff of Planet Green Resort with tasty vegetarian & non vegetarian delicacies. Cabbage Thoran aka Kerala style Cabbage Stir Fry dish is an essential part of traditional Kerala meal known as Kerala Sadya. The 10 days of Onam Harvest Celebrations are already started in Kerala. So I decided to cook this Cabbage Thoran in a clay pot with the help of a traditional Kerala style handmade cooking spoon. I learnt this recipe during my last year’s Alleppey houseboat stay. Our cook cum navigator was very enthusiastic while teaching me this Cabbage Thoran recipe. So here are the details of Cabbage Thoran Kerala style.



1. One & half cabbage (finely chopped).

2. 10-12 shallots or 3 medium sized onions (finely chopped).

3. Curry leaves 10-12.

4. 4 large green chillies finely slit.


5. One & half teaspoon turmeric powder.

6. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

7. 1 teaspoon mustard seeds.

8. Finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.

9. 1 cup finely grated fresh coconut.

10. 3-4 tablespoon of coconut oil.

11. Salt & asafoetida as per requirement.


  1. Finely chop or shred the cabbage. Keep it in water with a pinch of salt for few minutes. Drain the water & keep the cabbage aside.

  2. Heat the coconut oil in a pan. I used a clay pot & handmade coconut cooking spoon for this.

  3. Add a pinch of asafoetida.

  4. Then add 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds. Let it splutter.

  5. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds.

  6. Add finely chopped shallots or onions to this. Keep sautéing till it becomes little brownish.

  7. Now add the finely slit green chillies & let it splutter.

  8. Add the curry leaves & sauté it for few seconds.

Sauteing the onions, curry leaves, chilies with turmeric powder

Sauteing the onions, curry leaves, chilies with turmeric powder

9. Add the cabbage & keep stirring continuously till the extra water evaporates.
10. As the water evaporates, add salt as per taste.

Sauteing the cabbage.

Sauteing the cabbage.

11. Cover the pan or clay pot by a dish with water in it. You can open this cover occasionally to stir it.
12. Once the cabbage gets cooked, add the finely grated fresh coconut. Cook further for 5 minutes.
13. Garnish the thoran with finely chopped coriander leaves.


Cabbage Thoran Kerala Style

Your Cabbage Thoran is ready. It can be served with a Malabar Parotha or Sambar Rice.


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